A mechanical problem in the pump circulation system of an 80,000-barrel naphtha storage tank is suspected as the cause of the massive Intercontinental Terminals Company fire on the Houston Ship Channel in March, an update issued by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board states.
October 30, 2019
History of Rooftop Fire Protection Tanks
April 1, 2015
A lost friend is recalled on the anniversary of the worst boilover disaster on record.
January 1, 2013
North Carolina responders praised for putting out tank farm.
November 1, 2010
Kansas volunteers push their luck fighting an oil field tank fire.
July 1, 2010
A large crowd of power plant workers and local residents gathered to watch a burning crude oil storage tank. Had the observers better understood a devastating phenomenon known as boilover, the eruption of steam and hot oil that followed would not have claimed more than 150 lives.
May 1, 2009
A fire sweeps a solvents tank farm in Kansas.
March 1, 2008
Years of preaching and preparation about dealing with jumbo large-diameter storage tank fires was put to the near ultimate test on June 7, 2001 just outside of New Orleans. Nobody looks forward to an event like this, but for Dwight Williams and Williams Fire & Hazard Control, the fire was a long-awaited opportunity.
August 1, 2001
A burning crude oil storage tank not extinguished quickly enough is like stoking a volcano. Crude contains water that settles to the bottom of the tank. A surface fire slowly heats the oil until the thermal wave reaches that water. The result is instant steam that pushes the heated, burning crude up and out of the tank.
July 1, 2001
Where possible, investigators must arrive at a consensus that eliminates any chance of the same catastrophe happening again. That did not happen at San Juan Ixhuatepec.
April 1, 2001
Experts work with local firefighters to extinguish a tank fire.
January 1, 2001